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The Visitation and Service information for Brother Tyrone Wisher is as follows,

JAN 20. 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EST)
J.T. Fisher Funeral Services
1248 N. George Washington Hwy.
Chesapeake, VA, 23323

JAN 21. 11:00 AM (EST)
Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church
3310 Deep Creek Blvd.
Portsmouth, VA

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Congratulations to Brett Weaver, Chris Lalonge, Levin Turner, Tony Malatesta, and Julia Whalen on their re-election as Vice President.

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Per Artical 5, Section 6 an Election Committee need to be established for the upcoming October Vice President elections. Any member in good standing that would like to chair, or be a member of the election committee please contact President Detrick at

Nominations for Vice President will take place Sept. 16,17,18.

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Golf Fundraiser

Please join us for our Golf Fundraiser. For more information please email

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The members of the Portsmouth Professional Firefighters & Paramedics Association would like to say THANK YOU to our E-911 Dispatchers. We stand with you!

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Cancer Walk

Please join us on January 15 as we walk to remember our fallen Brothers and Sisters from occupational cancer.

*** BUS INFO***
- If you plan on taking the bus, there are 3 stops.
1-Virginia Beach 4817 Columbus St. Station 7 Pick up at 0515 leaves at 0545

2-Norfolk 7120 Granby St. Training Center Pickup at 0615 leaves at 0630

3-Williamsburg 7294 Merrimac Trail Union Hall Pickup at 0715 leaves at 0730

There is also parking at the meeting point 411 Commerce Rd. RFD Station 13.

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The Portsmouth Professional Firefighters & Paramedics Association is happy to support Shannon Glover, Bill Moody, and Cathy Revell for Portsmouth City Council. Please vote NOVEMBER 6th!

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For Immediate Release 9/13/2018



Lieutenant Joseph B. Fuller,  Died Protecting Portsmouth

 Ben Fuller Will Be Forever Enshrined on National Memorial


Event Streamed Live

B-Roll Packages/Photo of Ceremony Focused on Local Fire Fighter and Family Available

Call Kurt Detrick to arrange

On Site Media must be in place by 10:30 a.m.

Ben Fuller joined the fire service with a commitment to put his life on the line to keep Portsmouth Virginia safe. Now his name has been added to the International Association of Fire Fighters Fallen Fire Fighter Wall of Honor in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to commemorate those who have died in the line of duty.

Fire Fighter details: Fire Fighter Joseph B. Fuller  lost his life on December 9, 2017 in service to our community due to occupational brain cancer. His daughter Lauren will join fire fighters from across the United States and Canada in Colorado for the ceremony.


"The names etched on the granite walls tell a bigger story, one of a century of sacrifice and a fire service that has given so much to keep families, businesses and communities safe," said Kurt Detrick, President of the Portsmouth Professional Firefighters & Paramedics IAFF Local 539. The memorial includes those who died on the fire ground and the alarming number who succumbed to occupation illnesses such as cancer heart disease and post-traumatic stress.


We can help you tell this story. Video and photos of the service can be made available. Visit the Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial web site for a list of names on the Wall of Honor and other information.

2018 IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial

Saturday, September 15, 2018, 11:00 a.m. MT


Contact: Kurt Detrick  571-233-6901



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Portsmouth fire trucks in the Churchland and Downtown sections of the city are being placed OUT OF SERVICE today. The cities inability to hire and keep up with open positions and retirements has forced us to operate in this DANGEROUS situation again. Please contact City Hall and tell them you want ALL FIRE TRUCKS IN SERVICE!

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UPDATE 9/17/2018



Brothers and Sisters,

In accordance with Article XVIII of the Portsmouth Professional Firefighters & Paramedics Constitution & Bylaws, this notification serves as notice that at the September 17th regular membership meeting we will be voting on amendments to our Bylaws. For this to pass it will require a 2/3 majority vote of members present at that meeting.
The articles to be voted on are,
• ARTICLE V SEC. 1, 5, 7, 8, 9
• ARTICLE VI SEC. 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8
• ARTICLE XIX SEC. 2, 3, 4
Thank you,
Kurt Detrick
President, Local 539
Levin Turner
Secretary-Treasurer, Local 539
Local 539 Executive Board
Justin Arnold, Stephen Sheridan, Brett Weaver, Julia Whalen, Anthony Malatesta, Chris Lalonge

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This shows the minimum number of firefighters needed to respond to a residential house fire. More firefighters and Paramedics are needed for larger buildings such as schools, shopping malls, apartment buildings, and high rise buildings.

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Brothers and Sisters,

Last night Brother Derek Brown’s apartment in Chesapeake was destroyed by a fire started in a neighboring unit. Brother Brown, his wife, and 3 children have lost everything in the apartment.

Local 539 has set up a donations account at the Portsmouth Firefighters Credit Union for Brother Brown.

Please help however you can.

Thank you!!

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Great turnout at our Retirees Breakfast, March 17, 2018.

Looking forward to the next one!!

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It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the passing of Brother Ben Fuller. Brother Fuller will be missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ben's family in this difficult time. Funeral arrangements will be posted when they become available.

RIP Brother Fuller.

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Brothers and Sisters,

Last night at the City Council meeting there was a vote by the Council to reclassify our full-time Paramedics as Public Safety Employees, and cover them under the Virginia Line of Duty Act. This change now gives our Paramedics benefits under the LODA bill in the event that they are seriously injured or killed in the line of duty. This has been a long fight to get this done, and many people have worked very hard to get this passed. The Executive Board and Membership of Local 539 would like to thank ALL members of the Portsmouth City Council for voting yes, as well as our City Manager and Human Recourses Director for helping to making this happen.

Thank you,
Local 539 Executive Board

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When adjusting for Daylight Saving Time, make sure you are always checking your smoke alarms.

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Great retirees breakfast at our union hall. Saturday February 4th.

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Local 539 would like to thank all of the members of City Council tonight for their show of support for public safety.

Tonight our citizens are the clear winners as council and Fire/EMS/Police/Dispatch continue to work together to provide the best services in our region.

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All of our endorsed candidates won election to City Council.

Congratulations to our new Mayor, John Rowe. And City Council Members, Lisa Lucas-Burke, Elizabeth Psimas, and Nathan Clark.

Now we can start putting the safety of the citizens and firefighters back to the top priority that it is.

The members of IAFF Local 539 look forward to working with our new council members to get the staffing back to where it needs to be. The citizens of the city deserve proper fire and EMS protection.

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A Look At NFPA 1710

Why was the NFPA 1710 Standard created?
The mission of the NFPA is “to improve the methods of fire protection and prevention” and
to establish “proper safeguards against loss of life and property” due to fire. While the
organization and deployment of fire and rescue services is potentially the most important
factor in safeguarding against the loss of life and property due to fire, the NFPA had never
previously issued a standard that set forth comprehensive minimum criteria to ensure safe
and effective fire and emergency medical response by career fire departments. The NFPA
1710 Standard was created to meet the overwhelming need for just such a standard. It
represents the culmination of more than a decade of work by the NFPA Standards Council,
its Technical Committees and its membership. The result is a comprehensive, uniform and
practical standard governing fire and rescue service deployment by career fire departments
throughout North America.

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Why seconds count.

Why seconds count.  Lives are on the line when fire apparatus are placed out of service because of "staffing"

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